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church service in newtown. the next briefing is expected to be held at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. at msnbc, our continued coverage. we'll continue now and into the night. >>> weekends with alex witt" starts now. >> a quiet corner of america shattered. >> caller indicating she thinks someone is shooting in the building. >> chilling words in the midst of an attack on the least among us. the unimaginable deaths of small children at the hands of a young gunman. an elementary classroom, the killing field. what's left this morning? a small city of grief. a state in mourning. a country with new questions about the price of freedom. good morning, everyone. and welcome to "weekends with alex witt." we're calling it a tragedy, but that particular word nor any other could describe what happened on a cold, bright winter morning in newtown, connecticut. i'm afraid the answers we try to provide in the next hour to the most pressing questions will feel inat adequate to all of us, but we'll try with an admitedly heavy heart. here is what we know. there are new details to report among the 28 peop
that his mother bought. the medical ex-naerm newtown says the children were each shot several times, all with an assault-style rifle like this one, a bush master bushmaster similar to the rifle used ten years ago by the washington, d.c. snipers who killed ten people and wounded three others. investigators say the gun belonged to nancy lanza of newtown, purchased legally in the last few years and used, they say, by her son, adam, who took it to the school after first fatally shooting his mother at the home where they both lived. authorities have not said how she stored the weapons, whether she kept them locked. nancy lanza's sister-in-law, adam lanza's aunt, stays is not unusual for a divorced woman, like nancy, who lived alone, to have them in the house. >> self-defense. she was a female. live aid loan, live nald beautiful neighborhood. >> reporter: but those guns she bought for protection, investigators say you were used by her own son to kill her. former classmates said a dam lanza was an awkward loner, bright, but painfully shy, so stoic says the former head of high school secure tha
in newtown, connecticut. he described it in a way he's not quite done so publicly before. listen to this. >> this is something that, you know, that was the worst day of my presidency. it's not something that i want to see repeated. >> it hit close to home? >> absolutely. >> the president describing it as the worst day of his presidency. we'll have more on the response to newtown in a bit. now to capitol hill and the time line for the negotiations. they set a 3:00 p.m. deadline for a deal to come to an agreement. it's just under three hours from now, folks. they hope to roll out the deal and agree on it some time tonight. ideally, a senate vote by midday tomorrow, new year's eve. the rest of monday, new year's eve, the house would consider the deal and possibly vote on it as well. capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell joins us from capitol hill. good afternoon to you now. did i lay that out about right? is that the best case scenario for how things are supposed to play out? >> reporter: while we are waiting, like waiting for paint to dry or a jury to come back with a verdict, it's di
. >>> the national rifle association's proposal to last week's deadly attack in newtown. the nra says more schools should have guards armed with guns of their own. let's go to pete williams live in washington. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, alex. the nra's response comes from wane la pierre, he said the best way to protect children is to put more security officers armed with guns in the nation's schools. >> the only way to stop a monster from killing our kids is to be personally involved and invested in a plan of absolute protection. the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. would you rather have your 911 call bring a good guy with a gun from a mile away? or from a minute away? >> reporter: la pierre says banks, the president, and congress are protected by armed guards and schools should be too. somewhere between a fourth and a third of nation's schools already have an armed guard. most in middle and high schools. they didn't say anything about assault weapons or high-capacity magazines. the nra's plan was called a distraction from the more basic problem, t
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